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Hastings the Most Beautiful

It’s official: Hastings is New Zealand’s most beautiful city.

The Most Beautiful City award was announced today by Keep New Zealand Beautiful.

Mayor Lawrence Yule said it recognised the great deal of effort put in by organisations across the district and council to make the very best of Hastings’ natural resources and unique built environments, and the ideas and input of its innovative people.

“It’s just outstanding and something we are planning to really celebrate. We should all be very proud. Getting this national award reminds us just how very lucky we are to live in such a fantastic place, and gives us just the impetus we need to keep on improving to make this New Zealand’s most liveable city.”

The category was open to cities of more than 20,000 residents, so there was plenty of competition. Keep New Zealand Beautiful said the award recognised and celebrated positive actions taken by communities to protect and enhance their environments.

Council’s environment enhancement officer Wendy Beeke, who put the entry together on behalf of council, said it was harder to work out what to leave out of the entry, than what to put in “given so much of our district is genuinely beautiful”.

The submission included the story of Hastings oldest recreation space, Cornwall Park, from its historic playing fields and heritage trees right through the Osthmansus Gardens and modern play areas; the success that is the William Nelson Skate Park in the central city; the new ki-o-rahi field and cycleways in Flaxmere; pocket parks in the city, Hastings hidden beauty spot - the Maraetotara Falls, and much more.

The news of the win came on the back of internationally recognised urban designer James Lunday yesterday (Aug 26) describing Hastings’ as having a “California feel”, given its heritage architecture, its healthy liveable environment and its fresh air, blue skies and sun.

The work that has gone into making Hastings so beautiful over many decades has truly been a collaborative effort, said Ms Beeke.

“Over the years the breadth of people and groups has evolved to include all teams across council, schools, community and service groups, private companies, police and other emergency service organisations, and dedicated organisations such as Landmarks, set up in the 1990s to build Hastings’ “sense of place”.

 

 

 

 

 

28 August 2018

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